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I will admit Canning ANYTHING can be intimidating. I know I was there. I didn't grow up with family canning, I learned it all on my own. I started with canning strawberry jam. It was also the first jam I made when I was regularly making Strawberry Freezer Jam. I think Strawberry Jam is the best thing to start off with Canning just to get the hang of it. Canned Strawberry jam also makes a great gift.
Ready to get your hands sticky and learn how canning strawberry jam is easy and fun?
This recipe uses a Hot Bath Canning Pot. You can read more about canning in Canning 101. First, you want to get your jars ready. F0r this recipe you will get 8-10 jars of jam. So take your jars and put them in the pot with water. Over medium heat let them simmer while you make the jam. Put the rings and lids in a smaller pot to simmer as well.
NOTE: You can re-use the jars and the rings but the lids need to be replaced each time.
Recipe for Canning Strawberry Jam
1/4 cup lemon juice
6 Tbsp Ball® RealFruit® Classic Pectin
7 cups granulated sugar
8 (8 oz) half pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands
2.) Combine strawberries and lemon juice in a 6- or 8-quart saucepan. Gradually stir in pectin and butter. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil that can not be stirred down, over high heat, stirring constantly.
3.) Add entire measure of sugar, stirring to dissolve. Return mixture to a full rolling boil. (A boil that does not stop when stirred). Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam as necessary.
4.) Ladle hot jam into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Run a knife down the side of the jar to get rid of air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center lid on the jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
5.) Process in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. The lid should not flex up and down when the center is pressed.
If you are a new canner and would like step by step pictures on canning strawberry jam I suggest visiting the Pioneer Woman strawberry jam post Part 1 and Part 2!
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